How to Clean Eyelash Extensions and Keep Them Well Maintained

A staggering 79% of Americans feel unhappy about how they look at least some of the time. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to enhance your appearance. Thanks to the growth in popularity of everything from microblading to eyelash extensions, a quick trip to the salon is all it takes to feel like the best version of yourself. 

If you’re considering getting eyelash extensions for the first time, you probably have questions about how to care for them. You’ve come to the right place for help!

Keep reading to learn how to clean eyelash extensions the right way so they continue to look great and you continue to feel confident. 

Importance of Cleaning Lash Extensions

Before we cover the steps to follow when cleaning your lash extensions, it’s important to understand why you should clean them regularly. Trust us, we know it’s tempting to skip on a cleaning every now and then, but if you know why it’s so important, you’ll be less likely to skip this step after a long night. 

First, regularly cleaning your eyelash extensions helps them to last longer. This means you won’t have to get them done as often, helping you save money. 

Regular cleanings also help to remove the impurities that naturally build up over time, like oil and dead skin cells. This keeps the bond securely in place and helps your lash extensions to continue to looking full between appointments. 

How to Clean Eyelash Extensions the Right Way

Now that you know the importance of keeping your eyelash extensions clean, you need to know how to clean them properly. Here are a few simple eyelash extension aftercare steps to follow between appointments. 

Gather Your Eyelash Extension Supplies

First, you need to make sure that you have the right tools for the job. You’ll need to gather the following items:

  • Gentle, oil-free makeup remover
  • Oil-free lash cleanser or lash shampoo
  • Clean eye cleansing brush
  • Lint-free or microfiber towel
  • Clean mascara wand

Once you’ve got all your supplies in the bathroom, you’re ready to get to work. 

Remove All of Your Makeup

Next, you’ll want to start by removing all of your face makeup, leaving your eyes for last. Once your face is clean, splash your eyes with lukewarm water.

When removing your eye makeup, skip the cotton pads or balls, which could end up leaving you with a fuzzy mess around your lashes. Instead, rub the oil-free makeup remover on your fingertips and use them to gently massage around your upper and lower lash lines. 

Continue to splash your eyes with water until all of the makeup and makeup remover are off your eyes. 

Clean Your Eyelash Extensions

Now, you’re ready to clean the extensions themselves. You’ll want to use a specific lash cleanser or shampoo so you won’t have to worry about damaging the extensions. 

Put a small amount of the lash shampoo on the cleansing brush and begin to gently wash your lashes. You’ll want to move the brush in a downward motion, moving it gently over the eyelid and lash line. Remember to never move the brush back and forth, as this can cause damage to the extensions. 

Then, use lukewarm water to remove any remaining lash cleanser. 

Dry and Brush Your Lash Extensions

Use the towel to gently pat the area around your eyes and your extensions dry. Again, be sure not to rub the towel back and forth. After patting them with the towel, allow them to air dry for a few more minutes.

You might notice at this point that some of the lashes are stuck together, but have no fear! You can use the clean mascara wand to brush through the extensions, separating them again. You can use the wand in a fan-like motion to help fluff the lashes and twirl them back up, so they look good as new. 

Finish With a Protective Product

Once your lashes are cleaned and brushed, you can apply a protective product, like a lash coating to help keep them nourished and in place. You’ll want to apply the coating from the base of your lashes all the way to the tip, however, be sure to wait at least 48 hours after you get them done before applying the coating.

Another easy way to keep your lashes protected is to switch to a silk or satin pillowcase while you sleep. These materials are less likely to snag your lashes overnight, so they last longer.

You should repeat these steps every time you wear eye makeup, to keep your extensions looking great. However, even if you don’t use eye makeup repeat the cleansing, drying, brushing, and protective coating steps around 2-3 times every week for the best results. 

How to Prep for Your Next Eyelash Extension Appointment

By following the steps we outlined above, your eyelashes will stay in good shape until your next appointment. However, there are a few additional things you can do to prep for your appointment to ensure that your next set of lashes lasts. 

  • Stop using waterproof mascara at least 3 days beforehand
  • Make sure there’s absolutely no makeup on your eyes the day of your appointment
  • Avoid the use of oil-based products around your eyes in the days leading up to your appointment
  • Shower the day of, since you won’t be able to get your lashes wet for 24 hours
  • Schedule facials or other cleansing appointments prior to your lash appointment, so you won’t have to worry about damage to your extensions
  • Wear glasses instead of contacts, if needed

Following these steps will help your appointment to go smoothly. 

Freshen up Your Face With Eyelash Extensions

Ready to feel like a refreshed, more confident version of yourself? Eyelash extensions can do just that. And, now that you know how to clean eyelash extensions the right way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your lashes will look amazing between appointments. 

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